WPR News
9:42 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Inmate Dies

Rawlins, Wy – The state Corrections Department says a
68-year-old inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins has died following an extended illness. David Allen Maher was serving four consecutive 5-8 year
sentences for indecent liberties with a minor. He was sentenced in
1999 in Natrona County.
The Corrections Department says Maher died Tuesday at the state
prison. No other information was made available.
A required autopsy has been ordered.

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WPR News
9:41 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Fires Easing Up

Cody, Wy – Cooler temperatures and lighter winds today
(Wednesday) slowed a wildfire burning mostly wilderness area east of Yellowstone National Park.
For the first time in several days, no red flag warning was in effect for the area where the Gunbarrel fire was burning.
The fire is burning about six miles east of Yellowstone, or 40
miles west of Cody, Wyoming. It has burned about 51 square miles in
the Shoshone National Forest.
Firefighters are concentrating on protecting lodges and cabins

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WPR News
9:39 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Teton County Voters Asked To Support Pathways Projects

Jackson, Wy – Teton County voters are being asked to support three alternative transportation issues that will be on the ballot this month. Voters will be asked to support a one percent special purpose tax for a variety of projects including a start bus transit facility sidewalks in the downtown Jackson area and a Pathway from Wilson to Jackson on Highway 22. Friends of Pathways Director Tim Young, says Pathway projects have gotten a lot of support in Teton County, because such issues are important to the area. The projects are part of a larger special purpose tax ballot question.

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WPR News
8:13 am
Wed August 6, 2008

Freudenthal Reacts to Standardized Test Results

Laramie, WY – Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says the latest standardized testing results show that money is not the only ingredient necessary for success.

The results were not quite what administrators had hoped for, despite increased funding for schools in the last few years.

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WPR News
9:06 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Rising Costs Will Mean Budget Adjustment

Laramie, Wyo. – Governor Dave Freudenthal says rising food and fuel costs will force the state to adjust budgets for many departments.

"For instance we built our budget for motor vehicles, for the state motor pool, on three-dollar-a-gallon gas. Similarly with regard to school districts, in terms of the funding formula, we pay 100 percent of the costs of transportation. That's gone up," Freudenthal explained.

The Governor said he the exact formula for getting the money to those departments will be worked out later.

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WPR News
9:03 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Students Need Improvement In Writing

Laramie, Wyo. – Just over half of Wyoming's third- through eighth-graders scored well in state reading, writing and math exams.

The Wyoming Department of Education today released its yearly testing results, known as PAWS.

State Superintendent Jim McBride says the strongest scores were in math. 83 percent of third-graders and 78 percent of sixth-graders met or exceeded standards in that subject.

But McBride says Wyoming students did not perform well in their writing exams.

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WPR News
8:54 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Fewer Wolverines Will Be Hunted in Mont.

Helena, Mont. – Montana wildlife commissioners are reducing
the number of wolverines that may be trapped in that state. The only states that allow wolverine trapping are Montana and Alaska.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission says the quota for the coming season will be five animals, not nine as
commissioners tentatively decided in June.

The federal government said in March that wolverines did not merit protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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WPR News
8:53 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Gunbarrel Fire Forces Lodges to Evacuate

Cody, Wyo. – An active day on the Gunbarrel Fire in
northern Wyoming resulted in three lodges being evacuated today.

Officials say the Elephant Head Lodge, Goff Creek Lodge and the Crossed Sabres Ranch lodge were all evacuated on the backside of
the fire.

The North Fork Highway between Cody and Yellowstone National Park remains open, although traffic might be slowed or delayed in some areas.

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WPR News
8:46 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Many Schools Fail to Meet Federal Standards

Laramie, Wyo. – Eighty-seven Wyoming schools have failed to meet the standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Department of Education released yearly progress reports today.

Five of the 87 schools that failed to meet yearly standards missed the mark for the fifth consecutive year. Under No Child Left Behind, schools are required to continually improve from year to year so that all students perform at or above grade level by 2014.

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WY Elections
6:57 am
Tue August 5, 2008

Democrats Support Aspects Of Nuclear

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